Sunday, March 24, 2013

Not to be reproduced

                                        Not to be Reproduced, 1937 by the Belgian surrealist RenĂ© Magritte



You insist on the same pose - 
straight as a rod, black-suited in the light, 
dark hair, neatly assembled as piano keys-  

But I am not cut from the same mold - 
see the lines on my face & hands, colored
of earth, the grooves & stooped shoulders-

See this working bee, a farmer, a painter
with greasy hands, working on my canvas,
learning the difference of each planted seed-    


Posted for The Mag 161 - Happy Sunday ~

34 comments:

  1. The worker and the artist as more real than the stiff figure. An interesting concept.

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  2. Nice contrast. I like the phrase "neatly assembled as piano keys".

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  3. Learning the difference would surely matter !!!

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  4. Yeah a difference in us all, no need to be stiff at ones hall, as can`t pigeon hole me or thee.

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  5. I liked the movement of this...well written
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  6. Quite opposites... from piano keys to working bee... love it, Grace!

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  7. This moved me to tears, and I cannot fully say why. Maybe I am overtired, but more likely the farmer is someone I long for--as God, as president, as the life of women I have known who take the time to look at the seeds and all of the cycles of life. Maybe she is someone I mourn for.

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  8. nice...cool how you bring out the difference in the two in your first two stanzas...sometimes those differences can bring two together...sometimes not...the last stanza is quite evocative to me...the farmer/painter and learning the difference between each seed...intriguing...like much...

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  9. Those differences are vital. great write.

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  10. And God is found in the little things...

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  11. i liked the work on the canvas line.....very clever..x

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  12. You have assembled your words very well, like piano keys...

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  13. great last line! I do like it- thanks.

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  14. It is good that we are not all cut from the same mold, who would want to be?! Well penned.

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  15. The farmer and the painter are equally found at dirtying their hands. They both work for their keeps at toiling. Truly said Grace! Great take!

    Hank

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  16. It does take all kinds of people. Thank goodness for so many types in the world to make it interesting!

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  17. Everyone makes someone, was that philosopical?

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  18. We should celebrate our uniqueness - that's what I took from this :)

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  19. "You insist on the same pose"

    Nothing worse than someone who refuses change - even when looking in the mirror shows how necessary the change is needed. Well done!! As always, thank you!

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  20. "learning the difference of each planted seed-"

    Interesting! :)

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  21. I would choose the life of a working bee too ....

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  22. we may look alike but if you're a peach and I'm an apricot ~there are very real differences are deciphered --you are always one of a kind!

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  23. Rest assured your self description immediately prohibits you from being his doppelganger, Grace.

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  24. Yes, our sitter this week is characterless. Nicely put.

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  25. A telling line in a very compelling poem.

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  26. Oh so lovely- I bet he shall plant all his seeds in tidy rows and what shall grow will be large sunflowers saying hello!

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  27. One of my favorites so far.

    =)

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  28. Individuality rules! The same pose, attitude or even the wearing of a uniform of sorts cannot break this spirit.

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  29. This planted seed has definitely blossomed !

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